For homeowners, storm damage is one of the last things you want to deal with. Unfortunately, heavy storms, high winds, and flooding can cause significant damage to your home.
To help you endure a home struck by storm damage, the professionals at ServiceMaster South Shore can help homeowners perform thorough inspections of all affected areas. Once assessed, our team of technicians will get to work to restore your home to pre-loss condition.
That being said, homeowners can also perform their own DIY storm damage inspections to understand the scope of the damage.
Let’s explore some of the most common areas of your home that you should inspect for damage after a storm hits.
The foundation of your home is one of the most important structural elements upon which everything else in the home rests on. When heavy accumulations of water eventually reach your foundation, the concrete and wood structural elements can become weakened and have the potential to fail – leading to devastating consequences.
To fully inspect your home’s foundation, carefully look along both the outdoor and indoor walls for any signs of water seepage. If you notice any moisture – even small trickles – there may be a larger unseen problem manifesting out of sight.
Because water can wash out the soil beneath the footings that hold up your home, your home can tilt or lean dangerously. A few definite signs of tilting are doors that get stuck that opened previously, an uneven floor, or cracks in interior walls.
Also keep an eye out for cracks and bulges in wood and concrete surfaces – definite signs that water now needs to be removed before it weakens these materials further (especially before the winter, when it can expand).
Last, be sure to check the foundation for several weeks after the storm. Damage may not be immediately visible after the storm, but can manifest weeks later without warning.
Electricity can cause serious damage and pose a threat to life if subjected to storm damage. Therefore, every electrical component that has been below flood waters or exposed to excessive moisture should be replaced as a best-practice (even if they appear unaffected). This includes outlets, wiring, appliances, furnaces, and more.
Also, contaminants in the water can cause damage to sensitive electrical components and corrode connections that make the property unsafe. In many cases, individual parts can be changed without it becoming necessary to replace the entire unit.
#3. Exterior Walls
Due to severe winds, you may experience storm damage to the exterior walls of your home. This includes shingles, sidinding, window panes, soffits, and other elements. Even minor loosening can cause leaks, so be sure to reattach and recaulk all affected areas.
If you’ve experienced storm damage, chances are your roof took the brunt of it. Look for missing shingles around your property or wet spots throughout your home (especially on the lower floors and ceilings). Because storms may bring driving rain, shingles may be pushed up temporarily, which can lead to temporary leaks.
Also, check for loose flashing around the chimney, which may go undetected unless a professional inspection is performed.
After the storm, it’s very important to check your gutters for any blockages. Focus on checking for any loose or disconnected gutters that may have broken or malfunction from their intended purpose of diverting water away from the property. Additionally, Gutters that are full of debris will dump sheets of water over the side of the house and straight into the ground – which saturates the ground further, erodes the ground around the foundation, and may cause severe structural damage. Therefore, remove any blockages or install gutter guards as needed.
In a relatively short time frame during a storm, your basement can become flooded. If so, be sure to remove any damaged belongings, safely pump out any standing water, and completely dry the basement with fans to circulate moisture out of the space.
Got Storm Damage? Call ServiceMaster South Shore
Whether you’ve performed a DIY storm damage inspection of your home or need the services of a professional, the experienced technicians at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services are here to help you get your home back to a pre-loss condition. Our crews are available 24/7/365 to assist you with every repair your home needs and we work with your schedule to restore your home in the shortest time frame possible.
Call ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services to schedule your next storm damage inspection and repairs today!